Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Revisions to the Hospice Medicare Summary Notice

For more than a year, NHPCO has advocating for changes to the Hospice Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) with CMS. The discussions began as provider members of NHPCO described in detail the reaction of some patients and families as they received a MSN – families were confused at the charges recorded on the MSN for each discipline,

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Call for Proposals for NHPCO's 2012 Clinical Team Conference is Open!

"How Do You CARE (Collaborate, Assess, Relieve and Evaluate)?" - NHPCO is interested in learning how you CARE and invites you to be part of its esteemed faculty for its 13th Clinical Team Conference and Pediatric Intensive, to be held at Walt Disney World’s Dolphin Hotel in Lake Buena Vista, Florida from November 5 – 7, 2012.

Whether clinicians are providing care to patients and families through interdisciplinary practice, managing interdisciplinary team staff, leading quality efforts or responsible for related practices and processes, they need the same critical information at your disposal; information that helps them CARE: collaborate, assess, relieve and evaluate. Submit a proposal that demonstrates your successes in one of more of these areas; you may be selected to join NHPCO for our field’s only interdisciplinary-focused conference!

Submission Deadlines: Concurrent sessions (60 minutes) and Workshops (90 minutes) – February 14, 2012; Poster Sessions – March 1, 2012

To review the call for proposals, please visit: http://nhpco.confex.com/nhpco/CTC13/cfp.cgi.

More information on the conference, including online registration is available at www.nhpco.org/mlc2012.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Report "Facts & Figures: Hospice Care in America" Released

Dying Americans Using Hospice Care Remains Stable but New Report Reveals Drop in Length of Service. Greater Proportion of Heart Disease Patients Accessing Hospice Reports NHPCO

NHPCO's annual report on hospice facts and figures released this week shows the number of patients served remains fairly constant at 1.58 million in 2010 (a slight rise from1.56 million served in 2009). Yet a statistic of concern to hospice and palliative care professionals is the drop in both median and average length of service. Read the press release online.

Two key points:
  • The median (50th percentile) length of service in 2010 was 19.7 days, a decrease from 21.1 days in 2009.
  • The average length of service dropped to 67.4 days in 2010 from 69 days in 2009.
Download the new report: Facts & Figures: Hospice Care in America.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Message from Don Schumacher

NHPCO invites you to review the January 2012 issue of its digital newsletter, NewsLine. In the cover article, NHPCO president and CEO Don Schumacher discusses what our focus and shared priorities must be for the year ahead 2012. It includes a summary of past accomplishments and much more.

Read January NewsLine online!